Lachlan Lam

'He smashes people': Lam backs Laybutt to lead from front

Laybutt, who played just six Queensland Cup matches for Sunshine Coast Falcons this season, impressed new Papua New Guinea coach Justin Holbrook when he took on the captaincy role in last month’s Prime Minister’s XIII match.

With Leeds second-rower Rhyse Martin not due to join the Kumuls squad until their next match against Fiji on October 29 after his partner Vanessa recently gave birth to a daughter Mya, Laybutt has again been given the job.

Ase Boas in, Lachlan Lam out

Boas replaces Lachlan Lam who has been released to begin pre-season training with 2018 NRL premiers Sydney Roosters.

Stanford Talita, who was added onto the squad with fellow PNG U23 Residents Edwin Ipape and Woods Kawage, was forced to withdraw to focus on his studies. Talita has been replaced by Nima.

The arrivals of Tom Butterfield today (Monday) and Nene Macdonald tomorrow (Tuesday) will complete the squad for game one against England Knights in Lae on Saturday, 27 October. The team for game one will be announced in Lae on Thursday.

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19yo Lam follows in his father’s steps

He is now destined for his first PNG Test jersey.

Lachlan Lam will make his debut for the PNG LNG Kumuls starting line-up for this weekend’s final Pool game against USA in Port Moresby.

Lam will become Kumul No. 283 when he dons the No. 6 jersey in PNG’s final pool game against USA this Sunday (Nov 12) at the Oil Search National Football Stadium.

Lam will become the 2nd father/son Kumuls after James Segeyaro achieved this feat after his dad Ifisoe, Kumul No. 70.

James became Kumul No. 282 in the 1st game against Wales.